New Books are Blooming

Springtime is here and these new books are blooming with hilarious and human tales about life. What do you get when Elvis, Lucy, Vance, Nelson and Nadia share their stories? Books to add to your ‘must read’ list.

1. Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn’t yet know–like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother’s silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother’s death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.


2. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong?




3. News From the End of the World by Emily Jeanne Miller

“A novel about the lovable but dysfunctional Lake family of Cape Cod and the four fraught days that will make or break them…Vance Lake is broke, jobless, and recently dumped. He takes refuge at his twin brother Craig’s house on Cape Cod and unwittingly finds himself smack in the middle of a crisis that would test the bonds of even the most cohesive family, let alone the Lakes. Craig seethes, angry and mournful at equal turns. His exasperated wife, Gina, is on the brink of an affair. At the center of it all is seventeen-year-old Amanda: adored niece who can do no wrong to Vance, surly stepdaughter to Gina, and stubborn, rebellious daughter to Craig. She’s also pregnant. Told in alternating points of view by each member of this colorful New England clan and infused with the quiet charm of the Cape in the off-season, The News from the End of the World follows one family into a crucible of pent-up resentments, old and new secrets, and memories long buried. Only by coming to terms with their pasts, both as individuals and together, do they stand a chance of emerging intact”– Provided by publisher.


4. Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler

An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp–from the bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs



5. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

“From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a love story that unfolds in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, twoyoung people meet–sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors–doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West is an epic compressed into a slender page-turner–both completely of our time and for all time, Mohsin Hamid’s most ambitious and electrifying novel yet”– Provided by publisher.


Demystifying College Admissions

Please join us for a special presentation for college-bound teens and their families with Terry Greene Clark, author of Demystifying College Admissions.

Join Terry for an inside look at the college admissions process. Learn about the college application, the redesigned SAT, college athletics, financial aid and more! Terry will share some of her own experiences – having sent three of her four children off to college in the last six years.

Copies of Terry’s book will be available for sale at the time of the event. You can also request the book via our library catalog.

Registration is strongly encouraged as seats are limited.

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Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Room: Bay Meeting Room

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Black Literature Matters

On Saturday, March 4,  Sara Hines (co-owner of Eight Cousins) and I hosted “Black Literature Matters: A Book Talk”. The event was a huge success and our thanks go out to everyone who braved the cold to hear about these important titles. As a part of a larger series entitled, “Books Build Conversations,” we focused on #ownvoices books. #OwnVoices is a hashtag coined in 2015 in order to highlight stories written by authors from marginalized communities featuring protagonists who are also a part of those same communities. For our purposes, we chose books by black authors with black protagonists.

A few days ago, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center released a graph on their blog chronicling the rise and fall of children’s books with black protagonists both by non-black authors and #ownvoices authors.

This graph would have been perfect to include in our talk. As the author of the blog points out, authenticity matters: books about black characters written by non-black authors, while well-intentioned, may fall into the problematic tropes and reinforce stereotypes and negative ideologies. Also, as the author of the blog states, black authors and illustrators need to be “given the same opportunities to tell their own stories”.

In order to give attendees the opportunity to really connect with each title, Sara and I limited our scope by each selecting one book from four categories: picture book, middle grade, teen/young adult, and non-fiction. We committed to reading each other’s selections to ensure an in-depth conversation. During the talk, we shared background on the #ownvoices hashtag, the need for diverse representation in children’s literature, and described how books serve as windows or mirrors depending on the reader. In addition, we dialogued about each of our eight selections, discussing the stories and our thoughts about them.

Each attendee was given a pamphlet that included all of the books highlighted during the talk, as well as additional recommended #ownvoices titles. You can view and print the pamphlet below and if you click on the booklist link, you will find a list with additional titles that feature black protagonist by authors/illustrators that may or may not be #ownvoices. All books are available within the CLAMS system. Both the pamphlet and the list are free and may be reproduced. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Sara ( or I ( directly.

–Stephanie Seales
Falmouth Public Library Children’s Room

Click here to view the handout

Click here for the booklist


Mindful Movement with Deborah Kinghorn

*This program has been postponed by the presenter. It has been rescheduled for Friday, May 5. If you had already signed up for the original March 31 date, you do not need to sign up again. We look forward to having you!*

How do people of a certain age, their bodies stiff and creaky, suddenly feel a spring in their step and an urge to dance when they hear the music of their youth? Join Deborah Kinghorn, a professor of theater and dance at the University of New Hampshire, as she explains how the answer can be found in the body’s natural energy sources.

We would love to have you for our interactive class. Please sign up below or give us a call at the Reference Desk.

Deborah Kinghorn is a Master Teacher of Lessac Kinesensic Voice and Body Training and currently serves on the Master Teacher Council of the Lessac Training and Research Institute, where she regularly teaches and conducts research at the Lessac Summer Intensive Workshop. She received the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 1995, the Lessac Institute Leadership Award in 2009, the UNH Teaching Excellence Award for 2011-12, and in 2013 was a Fulbright Scholar in the Acting, Media and Culture Post-Masters Program at the University of Rijeka in Croatia.

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Date: Friday, May 5

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

Room: Hermann Meeting Room

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Friday Reads: The Encyclopedia of Journalism

Are you aghast at the prevalence of fake news swirling around? How is one to distinguish it from the real thing? Just in time, the library offered an  enlightening presentation by news professionals on how to spot fake news, and a blog that offered resources to help. One of these resources is The Encyclopedia of Journalism (REF 070.4 ENC 2009). Here you’ll find reliable, credible information, written by academics, to fill in some of the blanks you may encounter in reading the news. Need some background on what exactly is Al Jazeera? Maybe you’re wondering what the relationship is between the Supreme Court and the press? You’ll find it here.


With all the misinformation swirling around, what is happening to our society all of a sudden? If you think today’s fake news is a new phenomenon, open volume 4 of the encyclopedia to the News Scandals section (page 1273) and discover prominent journalists of the past who plagiarized, fabricated, and otherwise misled their readers in well-known publications. Some even won Pulitzer Prizes before their fake news was discovered. It doesn’t sound all that different from today, except fake news lately seems to be seeping from every imaginable direction.

In the end it’s all about ethics. The press has a tradition of self-regulation. Yet there often is friction surrounding things like what is the truth and the right to know versus privacy issues. Volume 5 presents some key documents that reflect the ongoing struggle between journalists and the public and the courts to define where journalists’ professional rights end and legal restrictions begin.


We Got Him with Elizabeth Searle

We hope you can join us for a special afternoon reading and signing with local author Elizabeth Searle on Saturday, March 25 at 3:00 pm. Ms. Searle will be speaking about and reading from her newest work of fiction, We Got Him

We Got Him

We Got Him is the story of one family’s inherited flaws, harbored guilts, and obsessive desires, whether for a child, a parent, or a second chance to do the elusive right thing. Powerfully worked against the unfolding events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Elizabeth Searle’s taut drama of a young, pregnant stepmother and her troubled stepson is a narrative tour de force, interweaving public and private acts of terror with the redemptive, but ever fragile, forces of love.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction and the librettist of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, which has drawn major media coverage and which was produced in Chicago in 2016 and at the New York Musical Theater Festival in NYC. Her previous books are: Girl Held in Home (New Rivers Press, 2011), Celebrities in Disgrace, a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize; A Four–Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an American Library Association Book Award; and My Body to You, a story collection that won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. A Four–Sided Bed is now in development as a feature film. Her Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera had a sold–out extended run at the New York Musical Festival in NYC in 2015. Elizabeth lives with her husband and son in Arlington, MA.

RESCHEDULED: Tea & Chocolate Tasting

*Our event has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 27 at 3:00-4:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. We have many available spaces left for our tasting, so please sign up below!*

Danielle Beaudette of The Cozy Tea Cart and certified Tea Specialist will offer a lecture and tea tasting at the library on Thursday, March 23 at 3:00pm.  Have you ever wondered which teas pair well with chocolate? Did you know that the production of the cocoa bean and the tea plant are very similar? We would love to have you for our interactive tasting.

Danielle Beaudette is one of the first fifteen in the world to be certified in all levels as a Tea Specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute and has completed over 70 tea seminars at the World Tea Expo.  She has researched and learned first-hand about the production of tea through her Asian tea travels and relationships with Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Japanese, Nepalese, and Taiwanese tea growers. Danielle sources only the finest, high quality, freshly imported teas earning The Cozy Tea Cart the title of “Best of NH” from New Hampshire Magazine. Just as important as the quality of her tea, she promotes excellence in service and pride in educating her customers.

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Tea Tasting on February 19

Tea can be sweet, rich, buttery, and citrusy. It can wake you up and calm you down. Tea has a history that spans the globe and health benefits that will keep you going. It has been cultivated for over 3,000 years and is the second most popular drink in the world. Come spend some time getting to know tea’s delightful flavors and aromas, as well as its fascinating history, how it’s made, where it’s from, and what it can do for you. You’ll learn how to steep tea for best flavor and sample several varieties, such as a delicate white, smooth oolong, refreshing green, & malty black.

We have invited Hillel Bromberg,  a certified tea sommelier and owner of Tea Oasis in Boston, to lead a special loose-leaf tea tasting on Sunday, February 19.

Our tasting is now full. Please give us a call to sign up for our waiting list. We are looking forward to having you!


Sunday, February 19, 2017



Meet & Mingle (Woof!)

Falmouth’s local Companion Animal Program chapter invites grades 5-12 to come join the fun and meet our most eligible canine bachelors and bachelorettes just in time for Valentine’s Day. Woof! No need to make conversation. You can just sit back and get comfortable with your new friend, while enjoying snacks and refreshments in the Bay Room. Participants will receive holiday-themed goodie bags.

Companion Animal Program (CAP) is an all-volunteer organization of pet owners, who visit, with their pets, at nursing & care facilities, programs serving children and adults with disabilities, the college, a hospital, libraries and schools on Cape Cod from the Canal to Provincetown. CAP is non-profit, self-sustaining, with no paid employees.

Please register by contacting the library by calling 508-457-2555, emailing, or by using the contact form on our website: The program may be canceled if no participants register.

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2017 Falmouth Reads Together

We are excited to announce our selections for the 2017 Falmouth Reads Together program!

The Falmouth Reads Together committee has selected Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, MD, and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast as the townwide reading selections for 2017. Both best-selling books are honest, humane explorations of how we approach the end of life for ourselves and our loved ones. Younger readers are invited to read Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord, I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar, and The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner.

Copies of Being Mortal and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? are available for circulation at every public library branch in Falmouth, courtesy of the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library, as well as at Eight Cousins Bookstore on Main Street.

Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and is a professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. He also has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers. Roz Chast’s cartoons have been published in many magazines besides the New Yorker, including Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. She is the author of several best-selling books.

The committee is so pleased to partner with several Falmouth/Cape Cod organizations to promote this important conversation including Neighborhood Falmouth, HopeHealth, the Death Café, and Cape Cod Healthcare’s Quality of Life Management Task Force.

Scheduled events include:

  • February 13, 5 p.m.: In a live video simulcast co-hosted by Neighborhood Falmouth, Being Mortal author Atul Gawande will speak about the value of communities and the opportunities they offer as we grow older. This will be the only opportunity to hear directly from Gawande this year. The presentation will be followed by a Neighborhood Falmouth open house. Hermann Room, Falmouth Public Library. This event is free, but registration is required; please contact Susan Loucks at Neighborhood Falmouth at 508-564-7543.
  • February 25, 2 p.m. Hope Hospice will co-host a screening of the one-hour documentary “Being Mortal,” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A featuring members of Cape Cod Healthcare’s Quality of LifeManagement Task Force: Ellen McCabe, RN, of Hope Hospice; Tina Soares, RN, from the Visiting Nurse Association; and Dr. Peter Hopewood. Hermann Room, Falmouth Public Library.
  • March 13, 6:30 p.m.: A Death Café will offer the opportunity to meet Falmouth neighbors, eat cake, drink tea, and discuss all aspects of death in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Small group conversations will be group directed and lightly guided by trained Death Cafe facilitators. Its objective is to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Congregational Church in Falmouth Center.

The schedule of events will be updated as more programs are planned.